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    Navy, Marine Corps Roll Out ‘Brandon Act’ Policy to Improve Members’ Access to Mental Health Treatment

    Navy, Marine Corps Roll Out ‘Brandon Act' Policy to Improve Members' Access to Mental Health Treatment

    The Navy and Marine Corps unveiled measures Tuesday intended to improve service members' access to mental health treatment by allowing them to confidentially request a referral from their supervisor or commanding officer at any time without repercussions.

    Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro issued a message to the services implementing what's known as the Brandon Act. Named for a Navy sailor who died by suicide in 2018, the new policy allows members to “seek help confidentially for any reason, at any time and in any environment, thereby reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment,” according to Del Toro.

    Brandon Caserta, a 21-year-old aircrew aviation electrician's mate assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 in , Virginia, died by suicide on June 25, 2018. According to his parents and a subsequent command investigation into his death, Caserta had been bullied by a supervisor and his command did little to stop the abuse while also actively working to prevent him from transferring to another unit.

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    Under the new Del Toro directive, commanders must make sure that sailors and Marines know how to ask for a mental health evaluation, ensure that those who ask can get an evaluation as soon as practical, and treat a mental health evaluation referral like any referral for a physical health…

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